Saturday, September 09, 2006

How Can We Not Weep...

I have been doing some research this week on abortions in Canada as I prepare to preach tomorrow on the topic of how to respond to governing authorities that permit, endorse or promote that which God condemns. This in line with our series in Romans that finds us at chapter 13:1-7.

These statistics have put a cloud over my heart for the last 48 hours...

  • 1 in 4 pregnancies in Canada end in abortion.
  • 1 in 3 women ( 37.4%) undergoing abortion have already had one or more abortions. (Canadian Institute for Health Information, 1998)
  • 300 abortions occur each day in Canada.
  • 36.6% of abortions (39,037 babies) occur between 4 and 9 weeks when the baby's heart is beating, brain waves are detected and ultrasounds show them waving their arms and legs (at 7 to 9 weeks).*
  • 49.5% of abortions (52,795 babies) occur at 9 to 12 weeks when the child has fingerprints, urinates in utero, squints, swallows, wrinkles his or her forehead, sleeps, wakes and exercises.*
  • 9.6% of abortions (10,239 babies) occur at 13 to 16 weeks when the baby has fine hair on his or her head, is 8' to 10' long and can hear.*
  • 4.4% occur (4,692 babies) at 16 weeks to birth when the child can be startled by a sudden noise and can survive with proper care outside of the womb.*
Source. These numbers are all confirmed by my own research through StatsCan.

300 babies murdered per day.

25% of all pregnancies terminated in abortion.

Lord, forgive us.